County shines in 'Odd Couple'
Monday, September 01, 2014 3:38 PM
Neil Simon's popular comedy, "The Odd Couple," will open at Myers Dinner Theatre on Sept. 12 and run through Oct. 4 with weekday and Saturday matinees, and Friday and Saturday evening shows.
Members of the audience will see Montgomery County faces in supporting roles.
The Myers Dinner Theatre production, directed by Linnéa Leatherman, stars Michael Moyer (Indianapolis) as Oscar Madison and Evan Saltsman (Fremont) in the two leading roles. They are strongly supported by their poker buddies: Matthew Clark (Crawfordsville), Mahlon Nevitt (Crawfordsville), William D. Rubenstein (Waynetown) and Dylan Greene (Mellott). The two lovely Pigeon "chicks" are comically portrayed by Mary Anne Cecil (Romney) and Sydney Runion (Hillsboro).
The show opened on Broadway in 1965 with Walter Matthau as the slovenly divorced sports writer Oscar Madison and Art Carney as his fussy neat freak best friend, Felix Ungar. In 1968 the play was made into a movie, once again starring Walter Matthau as Oscar, but now with Jack Lemmon as Felix. A TV series of the show ran from 1970-1975 with Jack Klugman replacing Matthau as Oscar and with Tony Randall taking on the role of Felix. In 2015 a new sitcom will air starring Matthew Perry ("Friends") as Oscar and Thomas Lennon as Felix.
Oscar and Felix have been playing poker with their male friends every Friday night for years in Oscar's spacious 8-room apartment on Riverside Drive in New York City. Felix is always early. One Friday night Felix shows up late and announces that his wife of 12 years has thrown him out of their apartment and wants a divorce. Oscar's answer to Felix's dilemma is for Felix to move in with him. These two men have two totally different styles of living, which creates conflict and comedy for this superbly-written show. Cleaning up the apartment is one thing, but air purifiers and coasters at a poker game?! Lots of laughter and drama are in store as the men react to Felix. Even more exciting is the addition of the Pigeons, two beautiful British women from upstairs who come down for a fancy meal and a double date for which Felix has fastidiously prepared a lovely meal of London Broil. Of course, nothing goes as planned, and Oscar and Felix do not see eye to eye on how to salvage a bad situation. It is easy to see why this play has appeared in so many forms (there is even a female version) and why its popularity is so enduring.
For reservations and more information call the Myers Dinner Theatre office at (765) 798-4902, ext. 2, or check out the website and purchase tickets at www.myersdt.com. Myers Dinner Theatre is handicapped-accessible and microphone-free.